Wexford water leak stemmed after two years

David Tucker

Published 28/07/2015 | 00:00

Water running constantly at the back of Ger Roberts House 4 Antelope Road.
Water running constantly at the back of Ger Roberts House 4 Antelope Road.
Right: the saturated floor of a shed at Ger Roberts' house in Antelope Road. Above: the back yard is constantly wet from the running water.
Water running constantly at the back of Ger Roberts House 4 Antelope Road.

More than two years after it first began leaking, the 'Maudlintown Gusher' has at last been stemmed.

Almost 200 million litres of water have literally gone down the drain since the leak began, but it was only in recent times that it received appropriate attention following a report by the fire brigade which encountered low water pressure when they were called to tackle a house fire in Antelope Road.

Cllr Anthony Kelly who, along with then-mayor Cllr George Lawlor, was among the first to highlight the issue, said he was delighted the leak had at last been fixed but said Irish Water had been slow to agree to cover the cost of the €25,000 job.

Cllr Lawlor said there had been a problem in locating the source of the flood but following some serious detective work by council engineer James Whelan it had been pinpointed and the leak was now fixed with Irish Water paying the bill.

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